Sobriety Five Special Guests: I was wrong!

LAST Wednesday, 7 August 2013, Doug Rawson’s Sobriety Five wowed the punters at the Victorian Jazz Club’s latest Midweek Daytime Jazz event. Special surprise guests had been announced as a teaser for the gig, and I thought I could guess who they might be, given that various interstate and overseas musicians were in town. But I have to confess that I was seriously wrong!

The guests in fact were Steve Waddell PLAYING trombone and singing, and Bob Pattie on cornet. This was Steve’s first public appearance on trombone since he “lost his lip” some 6 or 7 years ago. After long, dedicated and no doubt often frustrating practice Steve has managed to develop a new embouchure which stood up well to the performance last Wednesday, much to the delight of his many fans. We look forward to seeing him back on stage at some future gigs.

Coincidentally – or not, given the genealogy of jazz bands and the constant movement between groups – the Sobriety Five looked very much like the Creole Bells in the picture below. The only difference was Derek Reynolds on trumpet and Peter Grey on bass, replaced Fred Clark on tuba.

Doug Rawson, Steve Waddell, Tony Orr, Bob Pattie, Fred Clark, Mike Edwards

Steve had been practising with the Sobriety Five for some time leading up to his inclusion in the band. Derek Reynolds also used the regular rehearsals at Doug Rawson’s place to recover his “chops” after a nasty encounter with the footpath. Doug is thinking of advertising Rawon’s Rehabilitation Centre for Recovering Musicians! Welcome back Steve, and best wishes for future outings.

3 responses to “Sobriety Five Special Guests: I was wrong!

  1. Fantastic!

  2. Great to hear that you’re playing again Steve.
    I might have to visit that Rawson Rehab Centre – I just lost the sole remaining upper front tooth; but have been preparing for the worst by learning reeds since 1962; and more recently piano and manouche guitar.
    But, being a non- (well, “slight”) pressure trumpeter, I might try to “do an Eric Holroyd” and play on a false denture. Hmmm, perhaps it will be even “better” (for which, read “less bad”, or at least “no worse”)!

  3. Hi jane. Please note The Creolle Bells, with Steve will again be presenting themselves at the PJC Concert on Sunday 24th November 2013 at Patterson lakes
    Community Centre. Cheers harry

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